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St. Petersburg Water Resources Wins Big at Regional FWPCOA Annual Awards

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (December 10, 2015) – St. Petersburg Water Resources was the big winner at the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) Region IV annual awards banquet held Saturday. Of the 15 major awards,six went to St. Petersburg employees:

Robin-Wynn Turner - Stormwater Systems Operator of the Year (Stormwater Department)
Dave Weber - Wastewater Treatment Operator of the Year
Brad Emmons - Customer Relations
Ray Bordner - Instructor of the Year (retired)
Debra Englander - Director’s Choice
Janet DeBiaso - Chairman’s Choice

“All the award winners have shown their dedication to education and have assisted many on the path to a fulfilling career within our industry and with the city,” said outgoing Region IV Chair Kimberly Ciranko, herself a water reclamation operator at the SW plant. “In fact, one of our award winners actually attended PTC over 21 years ago before being hired by the city of St. Petersburg.”

Also recognized at the event were Pinellas Technical College volunteer instructors, the majority of which are current or retired city employees. Ray Bordner (retired), Bob Case, Mark DiNobile, Ken Enlow (retired), Bob Labrie, Anthony Lee, Chuck Porter, Al Schmidt (retired).

The FWPCOA is an organization of members who are engaged in the production, treatment and distribution of drinking water; the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater; and/or the collection and treatment of stormwater. To help organize and provide better service, the state of Florida is divided into 13 regions. St. Petersburg and Pinellas County are in Region IV.

As described on its website, “the purpose of the FWPCOA is to protect the health of citizens and preserve our natural resources We accomplish this by advancing the professional status of water and wastewater operators, providing a licensing system, and arranging training programs. The association works in cooperation with the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FS/AWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Educational System.”

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